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Visitors of 2018 Environmental Fair learn about low-carbon coffee production in Costa Rica

20-06-2018
From June 5th to 7th, 2018, the NAMA Support Project was present at the XIV International Environmental Fair at the National Stadium. Visitors had the opportunity to taste the world´s first low carbon coffee, get to know more about the experiences of the project´s partners and participating mills alike and to help plant shade trees in Costa Rica´s coffee plantations. At the 2018 Environmental Fair, the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) took the opportunity to present itself to the public. At the shared booth of the German Cooperation GIZ, two baristas offered tastings of the world´s first low carbon coffee...

US roasters highly interested in low carbon coffee from Costa Rica

15-05-2018
Five coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA took part in a business tour to the United States with the aim of presenting their low carbon coffee to seven roasters and establish new business contacts. Additionally, they had the opportunity to show off their coffee to a wider public at the international coffee expo SCA in Seattle. From April 19th to 26th 2018 the mills Ecológico El Espino, Santa Anita, Grupo Naturalba, micro mill Rio Conejo and El Diamante travelled up north to Seattle, USA. This year´s business trip started at the Specialty Coffee Expo, which took place from April...

Coffee mills complete process of GHG and water inventory measurement

06-12-2017
During this year, the coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA worked hard to determine inventories of their greenhouse gas emissions and their water consumption during coffee processing. In addition, several energy efficiency audits were carried out by the Costa Rican Industry Chamber. The activities were organized by ICAFE and MAG with the support of GIZ. From March to October 2017, 55 representatives of 48 coffee mills from seven of Costa Rica´s eight coffee growing regions participated in a series of workshops to firstly understand the basic concepts of greenhouse gas (GHG) and water inventories and then learn how to...

Costa Rican coffee mills draw interest of German coffee market

24-10-2017
Between October 2nd and 8th 2017, five coffee mills of the NAMA Café visited 12 coffee roasters and importers in Hamburg, Bremen and Dortmund, Germany, in order to establish business relationships with the country's coffee sector and to place their low carbon coffee on the German market. In addition, they had the opportunity to present their coffee at ANUGA, the largest food fair in Europe. The 12 roasters and importers showed great interest in the Costa Rican coffee, reacting positively to the coffee mills´ ambitious goal of reaching the worldwide first low carbon coffee together with their fellow mills participating...

Coffee mills in final stage of carbon and water footprint measurements

17-08-2017
At the end of August, the coffee mills of the NAMA Café will hand in their final carbon and water footprints and begin developing and implementing reduction strategies. During a workshop on August 9 th , the mills´ technicians met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to recapitulate the basic concepts of carbon and water footprint measurement. The activity was organized by the ICAFE with the support of GIZ. 48 technicians from most of the 50 coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to participate in a workshop in order to the basics...

Over 2,400 producers trained in Good Agricultural Practices after second training module

01-08-2017
In eight workshops offered in June and July 2017 in six of Costa Rica´s coffee regions, producers were trained on the topics of nutrition and fertilization, weed management, plagues and diseases as well as agroforestry systems. The workshops were organized by the Ministry for Agriculture, the National Coffee Institute and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Over 600 producers participated in the second series of workshops on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), with a total of 2,433 producers trained in the first two training modules offered by the NAMA Café in Costa Rica. A new assistance record was achieved...

Coffee mills improve marketing skills to promote their coffee abroad

17-07-2017
During the months of May and June, the representatives of 10 coffee mills in the NAMA Café participated in a workshop dedicated to improve marketing and sales capacities, preparing presentations for the successful promotion of their coffee abroad. The 5 best presentations have been chosen to participate in a tour to Germany in September 2017 with the aim of seizing the opportunity to present their coffee to German coffee roasters. The course was organized by the ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. As a first step, the 10 participants learned to formulate concrete goals for successfully...

NAMA Café presented at World of Coffee 2017 in Budapest

23-06-2017
During the fair from June 13th to 15th organized by the Specialty Coffee Association Europe (SCAE) coffee from several mills participating the NAMA Café aroused the interest of small coffee buyers, roasters and baristas. The “Café de Costa Rica” stand from the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) offered an interesting agenda with several coffee sampling sessions, offering also coffee from several of the mills participating in the NAMA Café de Costa Rica. Roasted coffee samples and different visual materials informed visitants on the farms and mills that the various coffee samples originated from. The vast majority of visitors consisted in small...

CASCADE project offers training materials to facilitate adaptation to Climate Change to Costa Rican coffee producers

30-06-2017
The CASCADE project, implemented by CATIE and Conservation International (CI), supports the development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for smallholder farmers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. A set of training materials was developed within the framework of the project, providing basic information on Climate Change and its impacts on the agricultural sector, and presenting strategies to adapt to Climate Change while maximizing the provision of ecosystem services on farms. The materials are freely accessible on line.​ Each module offers practical information on the application of the concept of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for technical personnel and farmers. → Module 1 provides...

34 advanced coffee mills measure their water footprint

24-05-2017
The 34 advanced coffee mills were trained in measuring their water footprints in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 12 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ water footprints, the 39 participants got to know the basic concepts of performing water inventories. Additionally, they were introduced to important terms and definitions related to the topic and, finally, learned techniques and tools necessary to perform...